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Highway 71 construction information meeting to be held July 1

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Motorists who use Highway 71 from Park Rapids to Menahga will have an opportunity to learn more about planned improvements during a public information meeting on Wednesday, July 1, at 7 p.m., at the Park Rapids Public Library located at 210 First Street.

The project involves the construction of turn lanes, culvert repairs and replacements, bituminous reclamation, shoulder work and paving. Detours will be phased in to minimize impacts.

The $6.8 million project is expected to start July 13 and be completed by September19.

Mn/DOT representatives and the contractor will be on hand to review the schedule and address impacts to residents, business owners and travelers.

To request an ASL interpreter call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay Service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or e-mail your request to

For statewide information on road conditions and construction, visit or call 5-1-1.